Case Study # 3: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computational Technologies, and Individual Well-being!

Throughout the history of civilization, humans have lacked capabilities to realize superior well-being for self, friends, and family. In the modern age, artificial intelligence (AI) based computational technologies offer tremendous capabilities, as they enable people to grow better quality and quantity of food, exercise, safety, connectedness with others, and so on. For example, such technologies are being used to digitize mobility and routes, enabling us to travel around the globe (such as, through Google maps and Uber). Similarly, language translators are connecting lives by overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers. While technologies (such as the global positioning system (GPS)) are offering benefits, their adverse effects are being noted as well. Privacy concerns due to excessive monitoring are an example. Similarly, there are concerns about the ill effects of technologies, such as the cell phone and internet (Jenaro et al. 2007). While AI-based computational technologies underline possibilities to enhance well-being, their effects (positive or negative) are less understood. The case study may identify the opportunities and challenges for organizations, business, and individuals (including consumers, students, patients, and others), due to advances in such computational technologies. Specifically, the case study may focus upon any of the topics listed below:

Case Study #3 Topic Choices

Topic 1: Identify how AI-based or other computational technologies used in healthcare (say hospitals) or education (say schools) are influencing patient health or student outcomes, respectively. What are the effects of these technologies on the performance of healthcare organizations or educational institutions?

Topic 2: How are computational technologies (such as, price comparison software) changing the ways human shop or consume? How are modern AI-based technologies influencing these activities and well-being?

Topic 3: Has the advent of AI-based technologies changed the way individuals play and entertain? Identify technologies being used in the arena of sports and recreation? How are these influencing individual activities and well-being?

Topic 4: Identify the negative influence of AI and computational technologies on individual well-being?

Topic 5: Identify how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and computational technologies are influencing the emotional and physical well-being of individuals, such as by helping them network (e.g., through social networking website), communicate (e.g., through Skype), or learn (e.g., through online lectures).

Other topics: Participants are encouraged to find another topic (not listed here) related to Computational technologies and well-being, for their case study. Please write to us at competitions@thecomsociety.com, to check if the topic may be appropriate for the competition.

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Participants are advised to start by reading the book:

How Computational Technologies Influence Choice: A Neuroscientific Perspective Part 1. By Dr. Pankaj Setia

Accessible at http://thecomsociety.com/booklisting/book_detail/55 , Amazon.com, and at other retailers. Participants may write to competitions@thecomsociety.com for a free copy!

Other Rules

  • The project submissions must entirely be the work of the individual or the project team. While faculty and other individuals can help review the submission, they should not contribute to the content of the report or the solution.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered, so make sure you have all of your submission deliverables in the submission package.
  • The contest materials must be submitted by the due dates. Late submissions will not be accepted and no extensions will be given.
  • For participating in the second stage of competition, teams and individuals must be members of an AIS Student Chapter.
  • Submission Instructions

    What you should submit

    • A case study file will be submitted as a Word document: The case study is expected to have various figures and graphics (See the resources for creating infographics and case study). Refer to the Resources section for access to resources for creating info graphics and case studies.
    • Participants are encouraged to use data to present tables, to present their arguments. (See the resources for data and visualization).Refer to the Resources section for access to resources for data and visualization.
    • The Word file should be between 5-15 pages long (not including references or appendix).
    • The file should specify the names of the participants as well as the topic chosen. See the details of the topics and more resources about the topic at computational society resource pages http://thecomsociety.com/pages/computationalsocietychallenge2019home
    • A cover letter in the format found at http://thecomsociety.com/assets/competitionPDFs/Sample_TCS_2019_Email_Template.pdf

    How you should submit

    • Inform about the intent to participate in the competition as soon as possible by writing to competitions@thecomsociety.com
    • Register after you are provided access to the website (you will receive this as a reply to your intent to participate request) at www.thecomsociety.com. The membership will be upgraded to a premium membership after registration for no additional fee.
    • Email your entry to competitions@thecomsociety.com by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, March 1, 2019.

    What happens after you submit

    • You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging your entry.
    • Finalists will be notified by email after March 1, 2019.
    • Finalists will present their work in front of the judging panel at the AIS SCLC April 11-13, 2019. See the page on The Computational Society website for details of prizes and awards. Visit www.thecomsociety.com or contact competitions@thecomsociety.com for details.
  • Timeline

    All preliminary submissions must be recieved no later than March 1, 2020
    Finalists will be announced after March 1, 2o20
    The winner will be revealed at the Student Chapters Leadership Conference between April 11-13, 2020

  • Prizes

    Entrants to the 2019 Computational Society Case Challenge will be competing with AIS and non-AIS student chapter teams and individuals across the globe, in Stage 1. Non-AIS members will be awarded based on their Stage 1 performance. The top AIS-affiliated teams and individuals from Stage 1 of the competition will move forward to compete at the 2019 AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference in Philadelphia April 11-13. Stage 2 is exclusively for AIS student chapter teams and individuals* selected as finalist in Stage 1. AIS Stage 1 finalist will then compete for top prizes in Philadelphia. Submissions to all case studies are judged collectively and prizes are awarded to the top 3 cases regardless of the selected case scenario: (1) Retail Analytics and Automation of Choice, or (2) AI and Analytics to Unravel Individual Choice, or (3) Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computational technologies, and well-being!

    Monetary Prizes, based on Stage 1 performance

    First place – $250
    Second place – $150
    Third place – $100

    Monetary Prizes, based on Stage 2 performance

    First place – $2,000
    Second place – $1,000
    Third place – $500

    Other Prizes

    • Certificates: All finalists are given certificates indicating their rank.

    *To compete as an AIS team or individual, you must be an officially recognized chapter or a member of an officially recognized chapter. Forming an AIS Student Chapter at your institution is easy, but can take as much 6-8 weeks to complete the process depending on your university policy and procedures so get started today. For more information on how you can start a chapter, contact Dr. Rhonda Syler, AIS Vice President for Student Chapters, at studentchapters@aisnet.org.

  • Questions

Resources

References (also see more under the case 3 on the www.TheComSociety.com[1]):

Jenaro, Cristina, Noelia Flores, María Gómez-Vela, Francisca González-Gil, and Cristina Caballo. 2007. “Problematic Internet and Cell-Phone Use: Psychological, Behavioral, and Health Correlates.” Addiction Research & Theory 15 (3):309–20.

[1] For access, write to competitions@thecomscociety.com

Additional Resources

  • Please visit the competition page on The Computational Society (TheComSociety.com) for more details about the challenges.

How to Get and Process Data

Creating Maps

Visualization and Infographic tools

Lynda.com resources

You may access some tutorials from Lynda.com to do the case study

Judging

How entries will be evaluated

All entries will be evaluated by the judges on two major criteria: content and presentation. Judges will evaluate the case studies based on the following:

  • Clarity (how well the case study explains the topic)
  • Novelty/creativity (originality of thought)
  • Insight (how well the case study uses graphic aids to explain the data)
  • Utility (what is the value of case study to firms or society)
  • Completeness (degree to which the case study answers the chosen topic)
  • Depth (sophistication of the logic or analysis)
  • Consistency (conclusions consistent with the logic or analysis)

The points will be awarded based on the following: 

  1. Context (explaining what phenomenon does the case study examine) (20%)
  2. Problem statement (identifying the problem) (10%)
  3. Computational technology (explaining the features and capabilities of the technology) (10%)
  4. Case dynamics (describing how the computational technology influences the context) (25%)
  5. Tables and figures (giving an in–depth view into the above topics and may include data and analysis) (20%)
  6. Conclusions (discussing the implications for society, organizations, or individuals (15%)

Your entry will be disqualified if…

  • It is submitted after the deadline.
  • The attachments won’t open or are in the wrong file format.
  • You don’t specify the chosen case study topic.
  • Team member names and college name are not on the case study.
  •  The cover letter is missing.